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Use of a Shared Online Education Resource for the Creation and Implementation of a Daily Didactic Series in Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain
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Use of a Shared Online Education Resource for the Creation and Implementation of a Daily Didactic Series in Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain

Introduction:

•In recent years, the use of shared online educational resources has increased substantially
•These resources allow for collaboration across disciplines and institutions to create and utilize high quality educational materials
•One such resource is the Anesthesia Toolbox, a platform that was developed from 2014-2016 with authors from over 40 academic anesthesiology departments contributing content.
•Content types are listed in Fig 1
•In recent years, online resources like this have been utilized at CUMC, but none have been used to provide the infrastructure for a live faculty-led didactic series
•Based on resident feedback, a need was identified for a live didactic experience to provide daily teaching on fundamental regional and acute pain topics
 

Methods:

•A daily didactic curriculum was developed to address resident feedback
•The didactic series includes 11 lectures with follow-up quizzes, 5 PBLD’s, 2 skills assessments, and one summative exam, all administered over four weeks (Fig 2A)
•Topics covered include peripheral nerve anatomy, ultrasound, multimodal pain management, and procedure complications (Fig 2A)
•The Anesthesia Toolbox web platform was used to provide didactic materials, a portal for pre-learning, supplemental online education, and quiz and progress tracking by faculty (Fig 3)
•Senior regional residents and acute pain residents are provided with access to this curriculum prior to starting their respective rotations and are instructed to view the learning material prior to the didactic session
•Didactic sessions are administered by the acute pain attending during a 30-minute morning session. Residents assigned to both acute pain and regional “block” senior rotations participate in the didactic activities
 

Results:

•The Regional and Acute Pain Medicine didactic curriculum was implemented in December 2015
•Resident feedback regarding regional didactics has improved dramatically
•After the initial 6 month pilot, a group of regional anesthesiologists from Columbia University, Oregon Health & Science University and University of Wisconsin collaborated to modify the curriculum for shared use by programs across the country
•An updated collaborative curriculum was implemented at Columbia and OHSU in July of 2016 (Fig 2B)
 

Conclusions:

•Utilizing an existing shared online educational platform provides a practical and efficient method to develop a live faculty-led didactic series.
•Future directions include:
•Continued curriculum refinement
•Use of a formal system to obtain resident feedback
•Adding a simulation experience
•Further collaboration with anesthesia programs that use the Toolbox
•Evaluating Education Outcomes


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